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L E’s Stories – Pat Summerall: “The Voice of the NFL and the PGA Tour for 26 Years” – A Tribute To The Life and Legend of Sports Broadcasting’s Grand Master Pat Summerall

The 5600 posts here at ImaSportsPhile are significantly influenced by the voice of Pat Summerall…..for he spans the majority of our entire 12,000 video library…..which is still in posting process after 6 years…..which simply means that this post has a very special place in our hearts and our love of sports.  First and foremost, sportscasters are a special breed…..for where would a game be if there wasn’t someone to tell you what was happening…..how much fun would that be…..cuz in our opinion, Pat Summerall was to John Madden, what Bud Abbott was to Lou Costello …..along with being his perfect partner in the booth…..where he probably naturally mentored Coach along their way.  Anyway you cut the pie, there has never been any pair better than Summerall and Madden…..whether it is the NFL or any other sport.  Oh my, this is going to be fun…..for like John Madden, the same is true for Pat Summerall…..and the fact is they mastered their trade…..while teaching an entire nation what was NFL Football.                                           

NFL & Sportscaster – NFL Films Special – “Pat Summerall:  Live At Florida Gateway College” –  2013 – A Florida Gateway College Production Special – “NFL Films Crew Stopped at Florida Gateway College To Talk With Several of Summerall’s Long-Time Friends and Former Teammates for the A Football Life Documentary”

George Allen “Pat” Summerall (May 10, 1930 – April 16, 2013) was an American football player and television sportscaster…..who worked for CBS, Fox, and ESPN…..while covering a myriad of sports events….when in addition to being the recognized “Voice of the NFL” and “The Voice of the Masters….. The Voice of Pro Tennis US Open, et al…..as he announced 16 Super Bowls on network television (more than anyone else)…..26 Masters Tournaments and 21 US Opens…..plus he contributed to 10 Super Bowl broadcasts on CBS Radio as a pregame host or analyst.  This man was a master of saying less….and he could apply those skills to any sport.

 

 

 

NFL & Sportscaster – NFL Films Special – “NFL Film’s Steve Sabol Sits Down With Pat Summerall & Tom Brookshire To Revisit Their 10 Years Together With NFL Film” –  2023 – A 80s Football CardsProduction Special – “Pat Summerall & Tom Brookshire Share Their Story of Friendship and Alcoholic Intervention” Documentary”

 

 

Summerall played football for the Arkansas Razorbacks and then in the National Football League (NFL) from 1952 through 1961. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions and played with Bobby Layne. His best playing years were as a kicker with the New York Giants. In 1962 he joined CBS as a color commentator. He worked with Tom Brookshier and then John Madden on NFL telecasts for CBS and Fox.  Retiring after the 2002 NFL season, he occasionally announced games, especially those near his Texas home.

 

 

 

NCAA Football – Special – Arkansas Razorback Football Hype Video – Narrated By HOF Broadcaster Pat Summerall (Arkansas Football Player 1949 To 1951 – A Arkansas Razorback Football Production Special – “Pat Summerall Tells What Arkansas Razorback Football Is All About!”

 

 

Summerall was named the National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 1977…..and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1994…..which was the same year that he also received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame….. then he was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1999.  The annual “Pat Summerall Award” has been presented since 2006 during Super Bowl weekend at the NFL’s headquarters hotel “to a deserving recipient who through their career has demonstrated the character, integrity and leadership both on and off the job that the name Pat Summerall represents.”

 

 

 

Sportscasters – Radio Host Milton Mertz Interviews Pat Summerall – 1994 – A Milton Mertz Archive Production Special – “Famed Radio Host Milton Mertz Goes In Depth With Sportscaster Pat Summerall Regarding His Move From CBS After 20 Years To Go With FOX NFL.”                                                                            

 

At Columbia High School, Lake City, Florida, Summerall played football,  tennis, baseball, and basketball…..with basketball being his favorite sport….. as he was recognized as an All-State selection in basketball and football.  He was inducted into the FHSAA Hall of Fame…..and was later named to the FHSAA’s All-Century Team.  Summerall played college football from 1949 to 1951 at the University of Arkansas…..where he played defensive end, tight end and placekicker for the Arkansas Razorbacks…..while graduating in 1953 majoring in Russian history.

 

 

 

Sportscasters – Mini Documentary – “Pat Summerall:  A Life Remembered” – 2013 – A Pig Benis Production Special – “In The Days Before Cable and Red Zone, NFL Sundays Were Spent With Pat Summerall and John Madden…..1st On CBS…..Then On Fox…..With His Distinctive, Deep Voice and Understated Style Perfectly Contrasted With the Bombastic John Madden To Make the Pairing An all-Time NFL Favorite.”                                                                 

 

Summerall spent ten years as a professional football player in the National Football League, primarily as a placekicker. The Detroit Lions drafted Summerall as a fourth-round draft choice in the 1952 NFL Draft.  Summerall played the pre-season with the Lions before breaking his arm, which ended the year for him.  After that season, he was traded and went on to play for the Chicago Cardinals from 1953 to 1957 and the New York Giants from 1958 to 1961, during which he was a part of The Greatest Game Ever Played. His best professional year statistically was 1959, when Summerall scored 90 points on 30-for-30 (100%) extra-point kicking and 20-for-29 (69%) field goal kicking.  Summerall’s most memorable professional moment may well have been at the very end of the December 14, 1958 regular-season finale between his Giants and the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium. Going into the game, the Browns were in first place in the Eastern Conference, holding a one-game lead over the second-place Giants. In that era, there was no overtime during regular-season games, standings ties were broken by a playoff, and there were no wild-card teams. This meant that only the Eastern Conference champion would qualify for the NFL Championship Game to be held two weeks later, and it meant that the Giants had to win just to force a tiebreaker playoff game. The Browns, on the other hand, needed only a tie to clinch the Eastern championship. As time was running out, the Giants and Browns were tied, 10–10, a situation that, as indicated, favored the Browns. The Giants got barely into Cleveland territory, then sent out Summerall to try for a tiebreaking 49-yard field goal. To add to the drama, there were swirling winds and snow. Summerall, a straight-ahead kicker, made the field goal with just two minutes to play, keeping the Giants alive for another week (they defeated Cleveland a week later, 10–0, in the Eastern Conference tiebreaker playoff before losing the sudden-death league championship final to Baltimore the week after that).                                                                                                                      

 

 

 NFL – NFL Game of the Week (Extended Highlights) – New York Giants Vs Cleveland Browns – 1958 – An iprezent Production Special – “Pat Summerall Kicks 49 Yard Last Second Field Goal To Win The Game”

 

 

The Giants’ offensive coach, Vince Lombardi, was against sending Summerall in (Summerall missed a 31-yard attempt a few minutes earlier), then gleefully greeted Summerall as he came off the field, “You son of a bitch, you can’t kick it that far!” Sports Illustrated ran the story as one of its primary articles the next week…..with a leading photograph showing the football heading between the uprights through the snow.  His last professional game was the December 31, 1961 NFL Championship Game held at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers defeated Summerall’s Giants, 37–0, holding New York to just six first downs. Summerall was not a factor in that game. 

 

 

 

 NFL – Special – “Giants By Pat Summerall” – 2010 – A Meredith McCoury Howard Production Special –        “Giants:  What I Learned About Life From Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry…..As One the Greatest NFL Broadcasters Distills the Wisdom of Two of the Greatest Coaches Of All Time”

 

 

The urban legend was his nickname became “Pat” because of the abbreviation for “point after touchdown” that a field-goal kicker was credited for in a game summary.  But in a 1997 Dallas Morning News story, Summerall said after his parents divorced, he was taken in by an aunt and uncle who had a son named Mike. “My aunt and uncle just started calling me Pat to go with their Mike”, Summerall would say, referencing frequently named characters in Irish jokes told during that time.

 

 

 

 NFL – Special – Introduction To NFC Championship Game – Dallas Cowboys Vs San Francisco 49’ers – 1992 – A Neal Blanchard Production Special – “The New Stars Of America’s Team With John Madden and Pat Summerall”

 

 

NFL career statistics

Legend

Won the NFL Championship

Led the league

Bold

Career high

Regular season

Year

Team

GP

Field Goals

Extra Points

Points

FGA

FGM

Pct

XPA

XPM

Pct

1952

DET

2

0

0

0

1953

CHC

12

24

9

37.5

23

23

100.0

50

1954

CHC

12

18

8

44.4

23

21

91.3

45

1955

CHC

11

19

8

42.1

25

23

92.0

47

1956

CHC

12

22

10

45.5

30

30

100.0

60

1957

CHC

12

17

6

35.3

26

24

92.3

42

1958

NYG

12

23

12

52.2

30

28

93.3

64

1959

NYG

12

29

20

69.0

30

30

100.0

90

1960

NYG

12

26

13

50.0

32

32

100.0

71

1961

NYG

14

34

14

41.2

46

46

100.0

88

Career

111

212

100

47.2

265

257

97.0

557

Postseason

Year

Team

GP

Field Goals

Extra Points

Points

FGA

FGM

Pct

XPA

XPM

Pct

1952

DET

0

did not play due to injury

1958

NYG

2

2

2

100.0

3

3

100.0

9

1959

NYG

1

3

3

100.0

1

1

100.0

10

1961

NYG

1

0

0

0

Career

4

5

5

100.0

4

4

100.0

19

Broadcasting & NFL – Special – This Week In Pro Football With Tom Brookshire + Pat Summerall – 1970 – A GregNoll61 Production Special – “Tom Brookshire Partnered With Pat Summerall On Game Broadcasts and Here On This Week in Pro Football”

 

 

In the early 1960’s, Summerall was the morning host on WCBS (AM) radio in New York City…..but left the job when WINS went all-news in 1965.  He also co-hosted the syndicated NFL Films series This Week in Pro Football in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  Summerall was also associated with a production company in Dallas from about 1998 through 2005…..which was called Pat Summerall Productions…..plus, he was featured in and hosted various production shows, such as Summerall Success Stories and Champions of Industry.  These qualified production segments would air on the Fox News Channel and later on CNN Headline News.  During the mid-1990’s, that’s when Summerall hosted the “Summerall-Aikman” Cowboys report with quarterback Troy Aikman.  Summerall served as the host of Sports Stars of Tomorrow and Future Phenoms…..which were two nationally syndicated high school sports shows based out of Fort Worth, Texas.  Following the dismissal of announcer Harry Caray in 1969, the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team considered hiring Summerall to be their new radio voice.

 

 

 

Sportscaster & NFL – CBS Special – “John Madden Recalls Pat Summerall’s Announcing of The CBS Sunday Night TV Line-Up….With Murder, She Wrote” – 1992 – An ncfltop15 Production Special – “John Madden Tells The Story Of Pat Summerall Cracking Him Up With His Announcement of Murder, She Wrote”

 

 

After retiring from football, Summerall was hired by CBS Sports in 1962 to work as a color commentator on the network’s NFL coverage…..when CBS initially paired Summerall with Chris Schenkel on Giants games…..and three years later he shifted to working with Jim Gibbons on Washington Redskins games.  In 1968, after CBS abandoned the practice of assigning dedicated announcing crews to particular NFL teams…..that is when Summerall ascended to the network’s lead national crew…..while pairing with Jack Buck and then Ray Scott.  For the postgame coverage of the very 1st Super Bowl at the end of the 1967 season (which was simulcast by CBS and NBC), the trophy presentation ceremony was handled by CBS’ Summerall (who worked as a reporter, while CBS’ game coverage was called by Ray Scott, Jack Whitaker and Frank Gifford) and NBC’s George Ratterman.

 

 

 

Broadcasters & NFL – YES Network – The Mike Francesa Radio Show – “Mike’d Up: Pat Summerall”2011 – A YESNetwork Production Special – “Mike Francesa Talks With Former Broadcasting Legend Pat Summerall About His Amazing Career in Sports and Broadcasting”

 

 

In 1969, Summerall took part in NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl III…..as NBC used Summerall to provide an “NFL perspective” on the coverage…..as this was due in part to the fact that NBC was at the time, the network television provider of the American Football League…..whereas CBS was the network television provider for the pre-merger National Football League.  In return, for CBS Radio’s coverage of Super Bowls I, II and IV, they used Tom Hedrick, normally the radio voice of the Kansas City Chiefs, to provide an “AFL perspective” for their coverage.  Midway through the 1974 NFL season, CBS shifted Summerall from color to play-by-play……as the network’s #1 NFL crew now consisted of Summerall and analyst Tom Brookshier…..with whom he had previously worked on This Week in Pro Football…..and the colorful Summerall-Brookshier duo worked three Super Bowls (X, XII, and XIV) together.  Summerall, Brookshier, NFL on CBS producer Bob Wussler, and Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie appeared as themselves during the 1977 film Black Sunday…..which was filmed on location at the Orange Bowl in Miami during Super Bowl X. 

 

 

 

NFL & Broadcasters – CBS Special – “John Madden’s Steam Head, That’s Football” – 1992 – A Benjamin Jones Production Special -“John Madden Illustrates How Heat Comes Off the Head of Cowboys Nate Newton….Commenting You Can Cook Some Burgers On that Thing…..While Pat Summerall Plays His Straight Man”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

In 1981, Summerall was teamed with former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden…..which was a pairing that would last for 22 seasons on two networks (CBS & FOX)…..as they became and become one of the most well-known partnerships in television sportscasting history.  Summerall was initially opposed, preferring his longtime broadcast partner Brookshier….. but CBS executives wanted more excitement in the booth…..and thought Brookshier and Summerall working together exacerbated their respective issues with alcohol.  Summerall and Madden were 1st teamed on the November 25, 1979 broadcast of a Minnesota Vikings–Tampa Bay Buccaneers game due to Brookshier having a family commitment…..then, while the two were paired on CBS, they called Super Bowls XVI, XVIII, XXI, XXIV, and XXVI together. 

NFL & Broadcasters – CBS Special – “John Madden and The Bucket Family” – 1994 – An edward scissordicks Production Special –“John Madden Illustrates How Mom and Daddy Bucket Got Together and BOOM Had a Baby Bucket!…..as Pat Summerall Wonders If They Are Married”

 

 

In contrast to John Madden’s lively, verbose persona, Summerall continued the traditionally minimalist delivery of predecessor as CBS’s main NFL announcer, Ray Scott. For example, he usually called a Joe Montana to Jerry Rice touchdown pass with simple calls like “Montana……Rice…. Touchdown!” His last game alongside Madden for CBS (before the NFC television contract moved over to Fox) was the 1993 NFC Championship Game (which saw the Dallas Cowboys defeat the San Francisco 49ers in Irving, Texas to go to Super Bowl XXVIII against the Buffalo Bills in Atlanta).

 

 

 

NFL – Game of the Week – New York Giants Vs Atlanta Falcons (Entire Game) – 1981 – A Survivor504 Production Special – Featuring Pat Summerall and John Madden In The Broadcast Booth”

 

 

Summerall also covered other events such as ABA for CBS during this period. Through 1966, he hosted a morning drive-time music/talk program for WCBS-AM radio in New York.

 

 

 

Tennis & Broadcasting – US Open Tennis Championship Special – “Tribute To Pat Summerall During CBS Sports Coverage of the US Open – 2013 – An Eric Maltbia Production Special – “CBS Sports Pays Honor To Pat Summerall’s 26 Years of Broadcasting At The US Open”

 

 

Summerall also broadcast PGA Tour golf tournaments on CBS, including the Masters Tournament, as well as the US Open of tennis, during his tenure at CBS with Tony Trabert, and he was the play-by-play announcer for the 1974 NBA Finals (working alongside Rick Barry and Rod Hundley), CBS’ first season broadcasting the NBA on CBS. In 1975, Summerall hosted the Pan American Games in Mexico, and in 1976 he teamed with Tom Brookshier to call some heavyweight boxing matches for CBS.

 

 

 

Golf & Broadcasting – Masters Golf Championship (Final Round) – 2009 – A The Masters Production Specail – “With Special Introduction To The Final Round By Pat Summerall” – As Argentinian Angel Cabrera defeats Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry in a Playoff to Become the 1st Masters Champion from South America.

 

 

Summerall broadcast his first Masters in 1968, when he anchored the coverage at hole 18. In 1983, Summerall replaced Vin Scully (who had left CBS to work for NBC on their Major League Baseball and golf coverage) in the 18th hole tower role (a role that Scully was in since 1975). Summerall’s broadcast partner during this period was Ken Venturi.

 

 

 

Golf & Broadcasting – The Masters Golf Championship (Final Round) Broadcast With Ken Venturi & Pat Summerall – 1983 – A The Masters Production Special – “As Seve Ballesteros Win His 2nd Green Jacket”

 

 

From 1969–1973, Summerall broadcast CBS’ National Invitation Tournament coverage with Don Criqui. In 1985, Summerall once again called college basketball, working NCAA men’s tournament games for CBS with Larry Conley.

 

 

 

Golf & Broadcasting – CBS Sports Special – Highlights Of The Los Angeles Open Tourney – 1987 – An rss empresas Production Special – “Pat Summerall Provides Highlight Coverage Of the Final Round at the Los Angeles Open”

 

 

In 1970, Summerall and then-Boston Bruins’ TV announcer Don Earle did a short postgame segment from inside the team’s dressing room at the end of CBS’ coverage of the 4th (and what turned out to be the final) game of the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals…..as WSBK-38, the Bruins’ TV flagship at the time, simulcast the CBS coverage…..and did a longer post-game locker-room segment after CBS’ coverage ended.  After Bobby Orr scored the championship-winning goal after just 40 seconds, so the story went, Summerall turned to Bobby’s father, Doug Orr (who was reportedly, too nervous to go back to his seat from the Bruins’ dressing room for the start of overtime) and yelled over the crowd in the stands above “Mr. Orr, your son has scored and Boston has won the Stanley Cup!” Doug Orr is said to have told Summerall “I know Boston scored, but we didn’t see it! What makes you think my son scored?” Summerall supposedly replied “Because they wouldn’t be yelling this loudly if (Phil) Esposito (another high-scoring Boston player of the era) had scored!”                                                                                                                           

 

Movie Clips & NFL – Scene from the Movie “The Replacements” – Starring Keanu Reeves + Gene Hackman – With John Madden & Pat Summerall In The Booth Calling The Game” – 2000 – A Movies N Motivation Production Special – Pat Summerall: “The Voice”                                                                                                                                        

 

Summerall also called at least one Professional Bowlers Association event….. which was the 1975 Brunswick World Open…..then on April 15, 1987, Summerall did color commentary alongside Steve Stone for a Chicago Cubs–Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game on WGN-TV…..which was a time period in which the Cubs’ normal television announcer, Harry Caray, was recovering from a stroke…..so, for about the 1st two months of the 1987 season, WGN featured a series of celebrity guest announcers on game telecasts while Caray recuperated…..and the legendary Pat Summerall was one of them.  He also broadcast the US Open Tennis Tournament for CBS with Tony Trabert for 25 years.                                                                                                                                  

 

 

Tennis – US Open Male Singles Finals Post Match Interview with Pat Summerall + Tony Trabert + Newly Crowned Champion Manuel Orantes – 1975 – A tenniscollector Production Special – Pat Summerall:  “The Voice of US Open Tennis Championships” 

 

 

Summerall’s last on-air assignment for CBS Sports was the 1994 Masters Tournament…..when he signed off the broadcast thus, surrounded by the other CBS commentators that were working the tournament:  “So, on behalf of our entire broadcast crew for the last time, I’m Pat Summerall saying [to the others] “So long”?  [theother commentators speak all at once, wishing Pat well]  Thanks, guys.  [to the audience] I’ll miss you.”

 

 

 

Broadcasters & NFL – FOX Special – “Pat Summerall FOX Retirement” – 2002 – A VT TV Watcher Production Special – “Super Bowl 36 in 2002 Was the Last NFL Game That Pat Summerall and John Madden Would Call Together As A Team…..While Pat Summerall Retired in 2002…..At the Same Time John Madden’s Contract With FOX Expired and He Moved to Monday Night Football on ABC.

 

 

In 1994, the Fox network surprised NFL fans by outbidding CBS for the NFC broadcast package…..when one of the network’s 1st moves was to hire Pat Summerall and John Madden as their lead announcing team.  While at Fox, the pair called Super Bowls XXXI, XXXIII, and XXXVI together.  The long-time partnership ended after Super Bowl XXXVI in early 2002…..as Summerall had announced he would be retiring from announcing and Madden’s contract had expired.  “Here comes one of the greater importance if he makes it.  And it’s right down the pipe.  no time on the clock and the Patriots have won. Unbelievable.” was Pat Summerall’s final call from the broadcast booth on February 3, 2002.

 

 

 

NFL & Broadcasters – CBS NFL Signoff Special – January 23, 1994 – A Scott Allen Brown’s Mashup Museum Production Special – “After 38 Years of Service, Televised Its Then-Final NFL Game As the Dallas Cowboys Won the 1993 NFC Championship Game Against the San Francisco 49ers 38-21”

 

 

Between CBS and Fox, Summerall called 11 Super Bowls on television play-by-play, a record matched by Al Michaels with Super Bowl LVI in 2022.  Summerall was lured out of retirement and re-signed with Fox for the 2002 season…..however, since Madden had left to take over the color commentator position on Monday Night Football from Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller for ABC…..and Fox had promoted Joe Buck to be its # 1 NFL play-by-play voice…..that’s when Summerall was paired with Brian Baldinger on regional telecasts…..as most of the games Summerall covered featured the Dallas Cowboys…..which was due in part to his residency in the city…..as one of the games Summerall called was the Cowboys’ game against the Seattle Seahawks at Texas Stadium…..when Emmitt Smith broke Walter Payton’s career rushing yardage record…..while Summerall was joined by Daryl Johnston…..who at the time was working as Fox’s # 2 color man with Dick Stockton…..and who was a longtime teammate of Smith’s with the Cowboys, for this game.  Summerall retired again following the 2002 season…..but in 2006, he served as a substitute for Kenny Albert alongside Baldinger for the Week 8 (October 29) game between the eventual NFC champion Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers…..plus, he returned for one game the following year to take Stockton’s place alongside Baldinger…..and provide the play-by-play for the December 9, 2007 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and St. Louis Rams in Cincinnati.                                                                                    

 

 

NFL – Record Breaking Special – “Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith Breaks Walter Payton’s All-Time Rushing Record” – With Pat Summerall On The Call – 2002 – A Timmy Johnson Production Special – Pat Summerall: “What A Thrill To Be A Part Of It”                                                                                                                                            

 

From 2007 until 2010, Summerall appeared as the play-by-play voice of the network’s coverage of the Cotton Bowl Classic game. Summerall teamed with Brian Baldinger on the 2007–09 Cotton Bowl Classic telecasts, and worked with Daryl Johnston on the 2010 game (his final play-by-play assignment of any kind) between Ole Miss and Oklahoma State. In 2011, Summerall appeared on the pregame coverage of the Cotton Bowl.

 

 

 

NCAA Football – The Cotton Bowl Classic Live in Dallas, Texas – Ole Miss Rebels Vs Texas Tech Red Raiders (Full Game) – 2009 – A Jonathon Bunton Production Special – Featuring Pat Summerall Broadcasting Play-By-Play 

 

 

In the 2000’s, Summerall provided voiceover sponsorship credits for the CBS Masters golf telecasts, and voice-overs for game coverage on NFL Network. He also provided game commentary for the Golden Tee Golf video game series and narrated the first episode of the WrestleMania Rewind series for the WWE Network (a role that would be assumed by Gary Thorne upon Summerall’s death).

 

 

 

Movie – Official Trailer From the Movie “Black Sunday” – Starring Robert Shaw & Bruce Dern – 1977 – A CARLOS APOLO – TRAILERS GEEK Production Special – “Featuring Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshaw In The Broadcast Booth at Super Bowl XIII”

 

 

Summerall called several preseason and early regular-season NFL games for the ESPN network in 2004, substituting for regular announcer Mike Patrick while the latter recovered from heart surgery.                                                                             

 

 

Broadcasting & Awards – Pat Summerall Introduces John Madden Into The National Sportscasters and Sports Writers Hall of Fame – 1998 – A TheSportsSpectacular Production Special – “Pat Summerall Describes The Experience of Being In The Broadcast Booth Alongside John Madden For Their Career”

 

 

The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Summerall National Sportscaster of the Year in 1977, and inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 1994. Summerall was the 1994 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, bestowed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame “for longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football”.  In 1999, he was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

Sportscasting & Awards – Walter Camp Football Foundation Distinguished American Award Presented To Pat Summerall – 2004 – A TheWaltercampFF Production Special – “Pat Summerall’s Acceptance Speech at the Walter Camp Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner At Yale University in New Haven Connecticut”                                                                                                                                                                              

 

Since 2006, the “Pat Summerall Award” has been presented at the annual Legends for Charity Luncheon given on Super Bowl weekend at the NFL’s headquarters hotel in the host city…..while the award is given “to a deserving recipient who through their career has demonstrated the character, integrity and leadership both on and off the job that the name Pat Summerall represents.”…..as recipients have included James Brown (2006), Greg Gumbel (2007), Jim Nantz (2008), Chris Berman (2009), Cris Collinsworth (2010), the entire Fox NFL crew (2011), Al Michaels (2012), Archie Manning (2013),  Michael Strahan (2014), Joe Buck (2015), John Madden (2016), Rich Eisen (2017), Tony Dungy (2018), Bill Cowher (2019), Jim Kelly (2020), Erin Andrews (2022), Howie Long (2023).  No award was given in 2021. 

 

 

 

NFL – FOX Sports NFL Thanksgiving Tradition Special – “John Madden’s Annual 6/8-Legged Turkey Award Presentation Telecasts – A Ryan Glasspiegel Production Special – Pat Summerall and John Madden:  “A Compilation of John Madden and Pat Summerall’s Thanksgiving NFL Coverage”                                                                    

 

For many years Summerall was a commercial spokesperson for True Value, often ending advertisements with his tag line “and tell ’em Pat Summerall sent you”.  Ironically, his long-time broadcast partner Madden was the spokesperson for Ace Hardware, True Value’s main competitor in the independent hardware store market.  Summerall served as the longtime radio spokesman for the Dux Beds company, a Swedish maker of mattresses, and its “Duxiana” stores.                                                                                                     

 

 

TV Ad & NFL – True Value Hardware “Pat Summerall Pro Cut Shaper Plane” TV Commercial – 1980 – A ewjxn Production Special – Featuring True Value Spokesperson Pat Summerall

 

 

TV Ad & NFL – True Value Hardware Spokesman Pat Summerall On Preparing For Summer Lawn Care – 1987 – A Ken Owen Video Vault Production Special – “Featuring True Value Spokesperson Pat Summerall Highlighting Yard & Garden Specials”

 

 

TV Ad & NFL – True Value Hardware Spokesman Pat Summerall On Preparing For Summer Lawn Care – 1987 – A Ken Owen Video Vault Production Special – “Featuring True Value Spokesperson Pat Summerall Featuring The Master Plumber Faucet Set”                                                                                                                              

 

Summerall started doing work as a commentator for the Madden NFL video game franchise in the game John Madden Football ’92. His voice was subsequently featured in all the games in the Madden franchise from 1994–2002.  Summerall also provided commentary, alongside Madden, on Cartoon Network’s annual Super Bowl parodies, The Big Game, from 1998 through 2001.                                                                                                                                     

 

 

Animated TV Sitcom Comedy & NFL Broadcasters – The Family Guy Episode “Death Has A Shadow” – Featuring NFL Broadcasters Pat Summerall and John Madden – 1999 – A QuickLitSports Production Special – “Pat Summerall + John Madden Announce It’s Raining Money And Halting A Football Game”

 

 

Summerall was name-checked on The Simpsons in the episode “Springfield Up”, where his caricature and name appear on the cover of a book held by Homer Simpson titled “Smut Yuks.”…..as Summerall and his partner John Madden also appeared in (and lent their voices to) the Simpsons episode “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday”…..which premiered following the duo’s broadcast of Super Bowl XXXIII on Fox in 1999…..and on the same night Summerall appeared on the Family Guy premiere episode “Death Has a Shadow”. The pair was also featured in the movie The Replacements, calling the games of the Washington Sentinels on their run to the playoffs. Summerall is referenced in the Season 4 Gilmore Girls episode, “The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale.”                                                                                                                                         

 

 

Animated TV Sitcom Comedy & NFL Broadcasters – Special Episode of “The Simpson” – Featuring NFL Broadcasters Pat Summerall and John Madden – 1999 – A trstnsyyy Production Special – “Pat Summerall + John Madden Coming Live To You Outside The Upcoming Super Bowl Stadium on The Simpsons”

 

 

Summerall appeared in the music video for Forever the Sickest Kids’ 2010 single “She Likes (Bittersweet Love)”.                                                                                        

 

 

Music English Music Group Forever The Sickest Kids Music Video – 2010 – A Forever The Sickest Kids Production Video – “Featuring Host Broadcaster Pat Summerall”                                                                                                  

 

Summerall was married to Cheri Summerall. They had three children, including political consultant Susie Wiles, and 10 grandchildren.  Summerall was a Christian.  In his book, Summerall: On and Off the Air, he wrote about his faith and his recovery from alcoholism saying “My thirst for alcohol was replaced by a thirst for knowledge about faith and God. I began reading the Bible regularly at the Betty Ford treatment center, and it became a part of my daily life.”                                                                                                                                       

 

 

Broadcasters & Talk Shows – The CNN Larry King Show Live – “With Guest Pat Summerall On Beating Alcoholism” – 2001 – A CNN Production Special – Pat Summerall Reveals His Life As An Alcoholic and His Life Changing Experience At The Betty Ford Center”

 

 

In the spring of 2004, Summerall, a recovering alcoholic, underwent a liver transplant.  Summerall at one point preached a sermon at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas.  In 2006, Pat Summerall underwent cataract surgery, and had an intraocular lens implanted.  In January 2008, Summerall had a hip replacement surgery. On June 19, 2008, he was hospitalized for internal bleeding caused by a new medicine he was taking. Summerall checked into St. Paul University Hospital in Dallas, Texas, for surgery on a broken hip.  He died there on April 16, 2013, of cardiac arrest at age 82.  After his death, Jerry Jones referred to Summerall as “royalty in the broadcast booth” while Madden called him “a great broadcaster and a great man” and added that “Pat Summerall is the voice of football and always will be.”  Fellow broadcasters Jim Nantz and Verne Lundquist also made statements on Summerall’s life.                                                       

 

 

Broadcasters & NFL – Special – John Madden’s Eulogy For Pat Summerall At His Funeral – 2013 – A kyle summerall Production Special – Everyone Held It Together Until The End….“This is the third goodbye”….. When John Madden Cries We All Cry

 

 

A few days later, CBS Sports presented a tribute to Summerall during their coverage of the RBC Heritage golf event. Nantz and Gary McCord presented highlights of his life and career – both as a player and at CBS – ending with his 1994 Masters sign-off.  During a Fox NASCAR broadcast, Chris Myers paid tribute to Summerall on behalf of Fox.

 

 

Sports Broadcasting – CBS Special – Tribute to Pat Summerall With Jim Nantz & : “The Voice of the NFL” – 2013 – An Alan Amron Production Special – “Pat Summerall:  One of the Most Important Figures In The History of CBS”                                                                                                                                                                                               

The “Voice of the NFL”…..and the “Voice Of The US Open Tennis ….. and the “Voice of the Masters” was laid to rest at the Dallas–Fort Worth National Cemetery on April 16, 2013…..as the man who played and broadcasted sports for over half-a-century…..who really taught the game of NFL football, Professional Tennis at the US Open and Masters golf to more than a couple of generations of television viewers in the USA and around the world in an intelligently understated way…..while never making his commentary more important than the events and moments that he was broadcasting…..all the while with adept literation of what was going on with each play, serve or shot.  In addition to all of that, Pat Summerall was a “Word Merchant” of the highest order…..who knew when to talk.  Being raised by the Original Sportsphile Father…..who actually raised three SportsPhile sons during the age when televised sports was just blossoming on the air…..and during the Pat Summerall era of broadcasting televised sports…..not only did he teach a huge fan base about the interworking aspects of the professional games of football, tennis and golf…..and what the pro games were all about…..plus, he did it all with “the perfect voice” for broadcasting “play-by-play”…..cuz we here at ImaSportsPhile recognize Pat Summerall’s voice immediately, regardless of the telecast.  Pat Summerall’s simple delivery when calling plays like “Montana to Rice, touchdown!”…..for example…..for it wasn’t over the top like todays announcers…..and he never said the team nicknames when doing play by play always the city names.  It is absolutely amazing how much history of pro football was spoken by Pat Summerall and his side-kicks in the booth like Chris Schenkel, Tom Brookshire, John Madden et al….and regarding the team of Pat Summerall and John Madden sitting beside each other for 22+ years….cuz there will never be such a binary profection…..as  “Profection = Professional Perfection.  While posting this story about the Grand Master of sports broadcasting on television…..and for our dollar’s worth here at ImaSportsPhile…..one of the greatest parts of watching old NFL footage is when you get recognize Pat Summerall’s voice doing the broadcast…..which was a golden voice indeed…..and when he teamed up with Madden, they were second to none!  These two men were as much a part of literally millions of American’s childhood and young adulthood as almost anything…..heck, “Turkey, Family, Tradition, Football” John Madden and Pat Summerall….Does it get any better than that!?!…..and this is why the NFL is the great game that it is today…..cuz Summerall and Madden taught all of their viewers how the game is played from inside-to-out…..while teaching the ALL how to FERVENTLY LOVE the game…..as the best “two shot in televised NFL broadcasting history.  When John Madden walked off the stage after delivering his eulogy of Pat Summerall at his funeral service…..when even on the video….it was so silent in the auditorium that YOU COULD HEAR A PIN DROP…..which is evidence of the respect that the NFL football world had for these two titans of the broadcast booth.  Pat Summerall’s life story was no sad tale.  Just a hard working man who remained a true gentleman throughout his entire life…..as a life well-lived and loved.

NFL & Broadcasters – John Madden + Pat Summerall Special – “Saying Goodbye With 50 Super Bowl Stories” – 2016 – An NFL Production Special – “The Last Ride Into The Sunset By The Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid of the NFL Broadcasting Booth”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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